Fall 2013 Trend : Houndstooth

Fall 2013 Trend : Houndstooth
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Jewel Tones

I love jewel tones and lucky for me (and frankly everyone!) Pantone has picked them as the colors for Fall 2013 fashion.  Emerald to raspberry and royal purple look great on almost all skin tones and work perfectly as any piece of a wardrobe whether it be a dress, pants, or accessories.  I have decided to pick out a few pieces for the upcoming season; but, that’s too easy.  So, I have decided to pick out 5 different pieces for under $150.

Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Colors

1. Hat

Ebay – $10.00

2. Outerwear

Forever21 – $24.80

3. Pants

Image 1 of ASOS Pants in Straight Leg with Jet Pocket

ASOS – $37.13

4. Blouse

Mossimo® Women's Woven Fashion Top - Assorted Colors Mossimo® Women's Woven Fashion Top - Assorted Colors

Target – $19.99  

5. Dress

Image 1 of ASOS Midi Dress With Ballet Wrap

ASOS – $23.63

These 5 pieces total $115 and some change.  That is less than $25 a piece and each of these will transition well into your existing wardrobe, they will go well with all neutral accessories, and will continue to be fashionable colors well past this fall.

Look for Less: Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff has recently become a fashion role model for me.  She is right up there with Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, and Rachel Bilson.  I love that she has a casually cute style during the day, but bumps it up with an edgy, feminine style for a date night and events.  And because my body type is similar to hers, I can get an idea of what shapes and styles would work for me.

Her look below is my ideal date night ensemble.  Hilary’s version is well over $1,000 but it can easily be replicated for a more reasonable price.  See for yourself!

 

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Hilary Duff’s Look

A.L.C Shay Top $260

Flavia d’Orsay Pumps $795

Edgement Stretch-denim Skinny Jeans $239

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Cami with Mesh Panel $29.70 – Asos.com

Hilary’s keyhole tank is sexy, without being over the top.  The Asos version gives that sex appeal with the mesh panel and delicate material and the thin straps are perfect for a summer night.

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Mod Stripe Skinny Jeans $27.80 – Forever21.com

YOWZA!  These pants are loud, I admit.  But they’re too fun to pass up.  Less than $30 for a pair of statement pants is very reasonable!  Whether they’re flower printed, geometric shapes, or stripes, every girl should own a staple pair of YOWZA pants.

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Since I couldn’t decide on just 1 pair for this outfit, I went with a variety of va-va voom pointed-toe options:

1. Copertina Suede Pump $89.98 (Chineselaundry.com) The Copertina Suede Pumps provide a pop of color, just like Hilary’s. 

2. Vice Pump $68.00 (NastyGal.com) The Vice Pumps are my favorite of the 4;  the white cap toe is the selling point for this pair!

3. Paris Jaze Printed Pump $59.95 (DSW.com) The printed pair is perfect for those nights you are feeling extra fantastic; nothing says “I’m here to be noticed” like mixing prints.

4. Ella Pump $68.00 (NastyGal.com) The Ella Pump is a beautiful mint color that screams “60’s Mod”, when paired with black and white. 

 

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To Save or To Splurge? SAVE, DUH!

Let’s face it: cheaper is cheaper, because it’s not the best quality and it probably won’t stand the test of time.  But I think that’s perfectly acceptable when it comes to buying trendy items that I know I won’t necessarily want to keep until I’m old and gray.  However, when it comes to a good pair of jeans, a nice winter coat, or a timeless pair of heels, I think it’s necessary to fork out a little more dough.

I’m here to show you 5 expensive, trendy, summer accessories that we’d love to get our hands on, can be had–at a lower price.  Can’t beat it!

1. THE LACE BRALETTE

Stella McCartney 'Selma Dancing' Soft Cup Bra

Nordstrom-Stella McCartney ‘Selma Dancing’ Soft Cup Bra

Caterina Lace Bralette

NastyGal-Caterina Lace Bralette

BIG SPENDA [Nordstrom.com $150.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [NastyGal.com $18.00]

For all us ladies that lack in the chesticle region, I personally think this lace bralette is comparable to a little cleavage.  It comes in a ton of colors and looks great peeking out from under a loose fitting tank top during a summertime outting.    

 

2. THE INITIAL NECKLACE

Laura Lee Letter Necklace

Asos-Laura Lee Letter Necklace

Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal Tiny Letter Necklace

BIG SPENDA [Asos.com $313.95]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Urbanoutfitters.com $9.99]

I love these necklaces!  They are simple and can be worn with other necklaces for a chunky, statement necklace effect.

 

3. THE TROPICAL BASEBALL CAP

Deena and Ozzy Tropic Heat 5-Panel Hat

UO-Deena and Ozzy Tropic Heat 5-Panel Hat

Xhilaration Floral Baseball Hat

Target-Xhilaration Floral Baseball Hat

BIG SPENDA [Urbanoutfitters.com $24.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Target.com $9.99]

Although it’s not insane to spend around $25 for a baseball hat, it just seems silly to do that when you can get it for less.  Personally, I like the white pattern better, but I like the cheaper priced black pattern even more.  Perfect for a day at the pool or as a funky accessory for a day at an amusement park. 

 

4. HALTER BIKINI

Coral Bikini 183.00 Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal-Coral Bikini

Forever 21 23.60

 BIG SPENDA [NastyGal.com $183.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Forever21.com $23.60]

 I am super weird about tan lines, so I usually opt for the bandeau bikini top or a triangle top with straps I can remove.  HOWEVER, this top is so cute with the 90’s halter vibe, that I need to get my hands on one.  That’s why I’d go for the F21 version and wear it when I’m feelin’ feisty!  

5. THE STUDDED CROSSBODY BAG

House of Harlow 1960 Flat-Stud CrossBody Bag 250.00

UO-House of Harlow 1960 Flat-Stud CrossBody Bag

Forever 21-Bolt Stud Crossbody Bag

Forever 21-Bolt Stud Crossbody Bag

BIG SPENDA [Urbanoutfitters.com $250]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Forever21.com $27.80]

These bags are a staple item to jazz up a casual summer date night outfit.  The bags are so similar; even if I had $250 to throw around I would still buy the F21 version!

 

ENJOY!